Dawn Of War III To Have More Collection, Customization

by Adam Biessener on Jul 12, 2011 at 09:57 AM

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. And painting. Eurogamer has a few details for the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III from THQ and Relic Entertainment. There may not be much to go on here, but fans will take anything at this point.

"With customisation and building their armies and collecting being a big part of what 40k fans really love, we want to make that a big part of DOW3," Relic marketing manager James McDermott told the website. "Your army and my army should feel very different. That's where we would like to get to."

The obvious connection to make is with a free-to-play a la carte model, which fits nicely with Dawn of War's tabletop roots. Relic had been working on a free version of Company of Heroes, which was canned earlier this year. This is pure speculation – THQ hasn't said anything one way or the other, and McDermott could very well be referring to a completely different mechanic – but you have to think that the publisher has at least considered it.

Eurogamer also points to a statement by THQ exec Danny Bilson, where he said that DoW III "is going to have a much larger strategic component to it, more of a global battle going on with little tactical things, sort of MMO-like." Now that's interesting; Relic has always given players excellent online frameworks to participate in, and I'd love to see the company step up its efforts in that arena.

Relic is planning a "big announcement" at GamesCom, the massive European gaming convention in August. The smart money is on Dawn of War III, but we haven't heard anything to point to that or anything else.

Dawn of War III is expected to launch on PC late next year or in early 2013, per a previous statement by Bilson as reported by Eurogamer.